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Buena Vista Social Club

Posted by martinteller on December 25, 2011

This is my first post-Wings of Desire Wenders movie, and despite all the hype around it at the time, my first experience with the music of the Buena Vista Social Club.  The music itself is fantastic, featuring memorable and rich songs with accomplished musicianship and great passion.  It was a pleasure to spend time with the players and learn a little bit (unfortunately, not a whole lot) about their lives and careers.  However, the cinematography is simply awful.  Undoubtedly there are limitations involved with filming in Cuba, but the use of early digital video cameras gives the movie a cheap, amateurish, washed-out look.  It’s very unpleasant to behold, especially with the shaky camerawork.  It feels like it was all done rather haphazardly with little thought.  You’re probably better off just buying the CD.  Rating: Fair


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